07/24/2005 11:00PM

TVG will be on hand to televise Grace Handicap, 'Fog' workout


The new turf course at the Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa will be seen far and wide on Aug. 6, when TVG will telecast live from the fair.

The feature that day, to be run on the new turf course, is the $100,000 Joseph T. Grace Handicap, the first - and only - $100,000 Thoroughbred race on the fair circuit.

Of perhaps more interest to those watching on television will be a workout between races by Lost in the Fog. The colt's regular rider, Russell Baze, will be aboard for the work.

"That usually is a good track," said Lost in the Fog's trainer, Greg Gilchrist. "Russell will be there, so I think there's an opportunity to do that.

"This colt likes to move around, so I'll probably bring him up with me for three or four days."

Lost in the Fog, now 8 for 8 with triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures in every start, is prepping for the Grade 1, $250,000 King's Bishop at Saratoga on Aug. 27.

The new Sonoma County Fair manager, Corey Oakley, is excited about the prospect of an appearance by the most talked-about colt in northern California.

"We're missing superstars in this sport," he said. "It's obvious the public responds to good horses. Even people who don't follow racing have enjoyed it when Cavonnier parades here each year, and we're looking forward to his appearance this year."

TVG will also telecast a mule race that features Sarah Nelson, Smokin Joe, and Black Ruby.

Rollins back in a big way

Chance Rollins, who has missed most of the last nine months with injuries, won three races Saturday at the Solano County Fair. He won with Sauxso ($8.40), How Bout Osvaldo ($19.80), and Luck and Fame ($11.40) in the $54,250 Fairfield Stakes.

Rollins missed three months, from October to January, with a broken wrist, then injured his shoulder shortly after his return and did not ride again until the Solano County Fair opened two weeks ago.

"I hurt my shoulder and went seven weeks before I could do anything," he said. "I finally went to a second doctor, and he discovered I'd torn my muscle where it attaches to the bone and injured my rotator cuff."

Rollins spent six hours a day on therapy and jogged three miles a day.

"I had to get fit and build the strength back in my shoulder," he said.

The stakes victory was the perfect payoff for all the hard work.

Trainer Troy Bainum said Rollins followed directions perfectly in the Fairfield. With the scratch of Lunachick, the even-money favorite on the morning line, Luck and Fame was the lone speed in the six-furlong race. Rollins put the 3-year-old filly on the lead, slowed things down, and she pulled away in the lane.

"She ran lights out," said Bainum, who claimed the filly for $32,000 for Jerry Jamgotchian on May 27.

"I told Chance to come out, get the lead, back things up, and let her go at the quarter," Bainum said. "He told me at the quarter pole he glanced back and said, 'So long, fellas.' "

Bainum said he had been attracted to Luck and Fame after she "just toyed with" Royal B, a horse he trains, this spring at Turf Paradise.

"When I saw she was in for $32,000," he said, "I called Jerry and said he had to claim her."

McGary departs for Louisiana

John McGary, the voice of the northern California fair circuit since 2001, called his final race Monday and will head to a new job at Evangeline Downs in Louisiana effective Aug. 1.

"The fairs have been the best experience I've ever had in my life," said McGary, who also called the harness races in Sacramento the past two years.

In addition to calling races, McGary did the morning line and conducted popular racing seminars.

Bill Downes will call Ferndale and Michael Wrona will call Fresno to complete the fair season.

Santa Rosa seminars

One of the highlights of racing days at Santa Rosa are the seminars hosted by announcer Vic Stauffer and local handicapper Danny Holmes. The seminars are well-attended even with a 10:30 a.m. start.

Guests for this year's seminars include: July 27 - fair manager Corey Oakley and racing director Jim Moore; July 28 - jockey Chad Schvaneveldt; July 29 - Russell Baze's agent, Ray Harris; July 30 - CHRB executive director Ingrid Fermin; July 31 - Gilchrist; Aug. 3 - KNBR morning show host Tim Liotta; Aug. 4 - handicapper Gordon Jones; Aug. 5 - trainer Jerry Hollendorfer; Aug. 6 - TVG commentator Greg Wolf; Aug. 7 - Baze; Aug. 8 - trainer Aggie Ordonez.